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Happy Easter! April 24, 2011

Filed under: Art Projects,Hair Styles — Lizz @ 12:22 pm
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Happy Easter Everyone!!

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I hope you are all having a fun day (even if you are not celebrating the holiday).  We’ve had a great day so far.  Skylar got her Easter basket from the Easter bunny. She hunted for eggs that he hid for her. And she had lots of fun with the last-minute Easter craft that Mommy (aka the world’s biggest procrastinator) finally finished yesterday.

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These chalkboard eggs turned out AMAZING!!  I will be putting up a tutorial this coming up week, so be sure to check back.  I know it will be after Easter, but this is easily adaptable to non-holiday decor.

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Speaking of last-minute…Did you see our post the other day for an easy last minute hair accessory, the Easter Egg Headband?

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No?  Then click here to check it out!

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We are off now to enjoy 2 family gatherings.  Have a wonderful day!

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Lizz

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Easter Egg Headband April 23, 2011

Filed under: Accessories — Lizz @ 5:52 pm
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I came across this super cute and super easy headband over at Sweet and Simple, and I really wanted to give it a try.  If you are in need of a last-minute Easter hair accessory, this might be a good one for you.  Start by gathering your materials:

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(I would like to mention first that my new fancy camera was not at home when I started doing this project, so the process pictures are not the best…but I digress…)

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  • Hot glue gun
  • Piece of felt
  • Variety of Easter colored ribbons
  • Old headband (or a $1 one from the craft store)
  • Something egg-shaped to trace (I used a cookie cutter)
  • Scissors and a pencil

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Start by tracing out 2 egg shapes in the felt.  One should be slightly smaller than the other.  Cut these out.

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Next, use the hot glue gun to secure strips of ribbons across the larger egg-shaped felt piece.  Make sure there is excess ribbon on both sides.

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(front)                                                                                     (back)

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Then take the extra ribbon and fold it over on the back side.  Do this so the egg shape shows in the font.  It will look something like this:

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The egg will look like this in the front:

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The last step is to attach the egg to the headband, using the glue gun.

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As a finishing touch, glue the smaller felt egg to the back, to cover all of the ribbon ends.

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Now give it to a happy little girl who loves the idea of having an egg on her head

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Have a Happy Easter Everyone!!

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Lizz

 

Best of 2010 December 31, 2010

I have noticed a lot of people doing “top ten” and “best of” lists.  I thought I would join the party.  As I have only been blogging since September, I don’t have a huge pool of posts to sort through.  Regardless, in no special order, here are some of my favorite posts so far:

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1. Pizza Roll-ups

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All Done!

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This family favorite was the first real post I did, outside of the good ‘ole “welcome to my blog” post.  It seemed like a natural for the list.

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2. How to Open a Banana Like a Monkey

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I have always enjoyed this little tip.  I giggled a lot while taking pictures for this post, because if someone would have walked in and seen me….

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3. Tissue Paper Apple Tree

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I loved doing this art project with Skylar.  It really turned out to be visually dramatic, and it is still hanging on our fridge.

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4. Cupcake Bites

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This little food activity was the first joint blogging project I did with my bff Mara of What’s For Dinner.  Not only did we have a great time making these super cute sweets with the help of Skylar, they were friggin’ delicious!  Nom Noms!

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5. Ariel’s Beachy Do

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First of all, I love this hairdo.  It’s so hippy and cool, and it also worked great with Skylar’s mermaid costume (we did this style no less than 3 times around Halloween).  I also love that it’s super duper easy.  A little prep work the night before and an easy quick hairdo in the morning.  I believe that this was the only hairdo that I was able to actually get posted in these last few months.  Don’t worry though.  I have a lot planned in the hairdo department, and I just need to get it all together. (I hope!).  This post was also followed up with a tutorial on how to create the little flower bobby pins.  You can check that out *HERE* if you wish

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6. Curly Ribbon Clip

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This cute do-it-yourself clip was a result of one of many times that I’ve seen something in a store and said, “I’m not paying for that!  I can make that myself!”  I actually found this process to be pretty fun, and I love that I can make cute ribbon accessories to match any outfit now!

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7. Deviled Egg Contest

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I loved making these eggs!  The idea of having a contest to make the best deviled eggs must be credited to my mother.  This family gathering was riddled with anticipation to taste and judge all of the entries.  I, of course, went for presentation, as this was the first time I ever made deviled eggs on my own.  To find out who won, you’re going to have to check out the post!  There is also a follow-up post for this one, explaining how to create the flower shaped eggs, using an egg shaper.  Check it out *HERE*.

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8. Get Of of My Cupboards!

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This has always been one of my favorite parenting tips, and I was really happy to find some photos of Skylar when she was 2 and actually using her drawer.  If you have a little one that refuses to stay out of your kitchen drawers and cabinets, you should really check this one out.

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9. Kiddie Trail Mix

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Ahh, my favorite treat to make for parties with kids in attendance.  The kids love it.  The grown-ups love it.  And it’s totally customizable to your tastes.  It’s a win-win-win!

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10.  Advent Calendar

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This advent calendar was so much fun to make (with lots of help from my kiddo).  I loved having a fun, clean, sugar-free way to count down the days to Christmas.  Skylar was fully in charge of counting (or subtracting really), and writing down the days left.  She did an amazing job, and it really helped her to understand exactly when the special day was here.  I didn’t have to answer “When is it going to be Christmas” a million times.  Maybe I should do this before her birthday too….

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Last thing I want to share (or re-share) with all of you is my favorite Muffin Tin Meals we created this year.  These not only seem to be my most popular posts, but we also did so many in just 3 and a half months that they seem to require a special nod.  You can click the title to read the original post if you are interested.  I would like to say that these tins were not only incredibly fun to create, they have definitely helped decrease meal time whining.  I love getting Skylar’s input and creative suggestions, and making it happen.  Stay tuned for many more of these.

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Under the Big Top

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Leaves, Trees, and Harvest

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TV Dinner

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Christmas #1

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Christmas #3

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And my personal favorite for 2010…

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Halloween

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Whew!  And there you have it.  I hope you have all enjoyed the fun things we have done over the last few months.  I also hope you enjoyed it enough to keep following us in 2011.

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Have a wonderful and safe New Years!
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HERE’S TO 2011!!!!!!

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Lizz

 

Craft Flower Accessories November 14, 2010

Filed under: Accessories — Lizz @ 12:27 pm
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I wanted to do a post to show you all how we got the flowers into Skylar’s hair for this hairstyle:

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I purchased these flowers in the crafting section of Walmart:

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They are perfect and pretty, but needed to be attached to bobby pins in order to use them in the hairstyle.  The easiest way to do this might have been to glue them on, but I was worried that with the multiple times we would need to use them, they might pop off.  So, I sewed them on.  Sort of.

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The backs of these flowers didn’t have any sort of place where a bobby pin could hold on, so I used a needle and thread just to create some treading in the back:

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Once I did that, it was as simple as slipping a bobby pin through the thread

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From the front, it will look like this:

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Now, the flower can be easily slid into any hairstyle for a little extra special touch.

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I found that for the flower I used over the ponytail holder in the hairstyle above, a bobby pin was not ideal.  Instead, I attached the flower to a tiny pinch clip, as I did at the end of this project.

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Have fun adding a little pop of wow to your daughter’s hairdo!

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Lizz

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This project is linked to these parties:

Craft-O-Manic Mondays @ Craft-O-Manic

Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Made by You Monday @ Skip to My Lou

Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie
Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework
TOO Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Trifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juice Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholars
Simply Link @ Simply Designing
Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

 

Ariel’s Beachy Hair November 4, 2010

Filed under: Accessories,Hair Styles — Lizz @ 12:04 am
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I know that technically Halloween is over, but not for us.  We will be going to a super fun kiddie Halloween party on Sunday (this is a yearly event that just worked best for everyone after the holiday).  This means we will be doing Skylar’s Ariel costume for the third time.  The good news is that because of our multiple costume wearing situation, I was FINALLY able to pull together a hairdo post!! This hairdo was not intended to actually look like Ariel’s hairdo (as Skylar is obviously a blondie).  I wanted to create a fun and easy beachy do that could also work outside of Halloween.  Here’s what I came up with:

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I love the way her beachy waves came out.  Want to know how this beautiful head of hair happened?  It’s simple…

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First, you need to create some waves.  Sure you could spend the time to curl them with a triple barrel curler, but that would take forever.  I chose to cheat a little.  The night before Halloween, I left Skylar’s hair wet after a shower (wetting it down slightly with a spray bottle will work just as well) and put it into several braids.

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There is no strict method here.  You do not have to make perfectly shaped sections of hair (it’s almost better if you don’t).  I would however highly recommend creating the part you will need for tomorrow.  I usually part Skylar’s hair slightly off-center on the right side.  Other tips: The smaller the braids, the smaller the waves.  I went for sort of medium-sized.  You can also play around with how high or low your braids start.  If you start them higher up than I did you will have waves starting closer to the roots.

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Have your daughter sleep in the braids.  By morning her hair will be dry.  Gently remove the ponytail holders and release the braids.  DO NOT brush it out, and DO NOT get it wet.  Simply use your fingers to separate the plaits.  If you created the part before you braided, her hair should naturally fall into the perfect place.  The result will be something like this:

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While this is pretty on its own, we wanted to add a little twisty flair.

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Starting on one side of the part, grab approx half of the front section of hair.  Give it a little clockwise twist (for the right side.  Go counterclockwise for the left side) Don’t mind the eyeball.  It is Halloween after all.

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Continue the twist out about 2/3 of the way down the section of hair.  Then repeat for the front section of hair underneath your original section.

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Have your daughter hold these twists for you, and repeat the twists on the other side.  Bring all four twists together at the back of the head.

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Using a clear elastic, tie all four twists together.  Normally these fly aways drive me nuts, but I think this style is an exception.  It makes her look windblown.

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Spray the hair with a small amount of hairspray to keep it all in place.  Embellish with the accessories of your choice.  I found these cute little flowers and turned them into bobby pins and pinch clips.  I will post that process soon.

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I wanted to get a few pictures of the final product, but I’m learning to use some new settings on my camera, and come up with some strange coloring.  Anyways, the hair turned out great.

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I hope you all enjoyed your Halloween as much as we did.

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Lizz